Meet Our Guides

Our Full-Time Staff

Each member of Journey Quest’s staff has a heart for Jesus Christ and to see the lives of kids and adults changed by the power of the gospel. Combined they have over 60 years experience in Christian camping and wilderness ministry. They are dedicated to the ministry and passionate for God’s creation.

2019 Guide Team

As we near the start of our 2019 season, we are excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer. We can’t wait to see how God will work through each and every one of them. This page will be updated throughout the spring, so check back often.

Join Our Team

Each summer we hire a guide team to serve our guests. We seek staff who have a passion to know and serve Jesus Christ, a heart to minister to youth and families, and a desire to serve in an outdoors-based wilderness ministry. If that’s you, consider applying for the next summer!

Mark & Sarah Anderson

President / CEO

Mark grew up in the Chicago area and moved out to Colorado in 1992 to serve at Camp Redcloud, a Christian camp in Southwest Colorado. God used Mark’s first year there to bring Mark to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he served there for several more years before he helped start a wilderness ministry at Redcloud’s sister camp in New-Zealand. In 1997, Mark joined the staff at Reachout Expeditions (now YD Adventures) in Oregon where, despite his fear of water, he became a whitewater raft guide. Mark stayed at YD for nine years guiding river trips, mountaineering adventures, and eventually serving as Program Director.

Sarah grew up in Greeley, Colorado, and loves outdoor adventure. While attending Trinity Western University, she guided for several summers at YD Adventures in Oregon. This is where she met Mark, and they were married in 2001. Sarah has a passion for wilderness ministry, discipleship, gourmet cooking, and hospitality.

Mark & Sarah returned to Colorado in 2005 to direct Camp Redcloud’s wilderness ministry and youth discipleship programs until 2011. During this time they began to sense God’s leading to start a new wilderness ministry in Colorado, and in early 2011 they began the process of starting Journey Quest.

Mark & Sarah have 5 young children who love outdoor adventures and climbing all over all our staff. Mark is a Wilderness EMT, a Swiftwater & High-Angle Rescue instructor for Rescue 3 International, and a certified river guide instructor. Sarah is a Wilderness EMT and a certified river guide and trip-leader.

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Steve Nutting

Program Director

Steve grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado where he developed a passion for Christ, the outdoors, and youth ministry. He sensed God’s call to ministry while serving as a counselor at a Christian camp during the summer of 1996, and served as a guide and supervisor for 15 years at Camp Redcloud in Lake City, Colorado. In 2011 Steve joined with Mark & Sarah to help start Journey Quest. Steve has a passion for seeing the lives of youth and adults changed through an encounter with God in His creation.

Like anyone at a small organization, Steve wears many hats and oversees Journey Quest’s marketing, web-design, multi-day ministry trips, rock-climbing, and backcountry programs.

Steve is an avid mountaineer, climber, hiker and skier. He attended Jackson Hole Bible College where he earned a Diploma in Biblical Foundations, and is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness EMT-Intermediate. When not out in the mountains, Steve enjoys music, gourmet cooking, reading, graphics design, technology, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Steve is a moonlight web-developer and graphics designer, and often volunteers with the local EMS and Search and Rescue teams.

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Josh Kerby

Program Specialist

Josh Kerby grew up in Colorado Springs where he gained a passion for the outdoors through Boy Scouts. He always knew he wanted to work in the outdoors, but never thought he would do wilderness ministry. Josh joined the team at Journey Quest for the 2014 season as a summer guide. He worked as a summer guide until the end of the 2016 season when he joined the full-time staff at Journey Quest. Josh has a passion for sharing with youth and adults about the power of the gospel through wilderness ministry. He loves seeing lives changed as they explore the beautiful creation of God’s handy work.

Josh is a Program Specialist here at Journey Quest. He oversees the multi-day trips, backcountry activities, staff recruitment and care, as well as the Journey Quest social media and blogs.

Josh is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys being outside in God’s breathtaking creation with friends and family. He attended Pike Peak Community College where he received certificates in Winter Field Studies and Mountain Field Studies. He is also a Wilderness First Responder and a certified river guide and trip leader. Some of his favorite activities are backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, skiing, and hiking. Josh has always had a passion for cooking and loves to explore new recipes and share them with others. When he is not outside or cooking, you will find him playing board games, card games, and enjoying the company of the people around him.

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Tim Krejci

Operations Director

Tim grew up in Menifee, California where he gained a passion for the outdoors while trying to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. He sensed God calling him to ministry while working maintenance for his home church in 2014. During the summer of 2015, Tim and a few friends traveled to Colorado for a rafting trip with Journey Quest. During that time, Tim felt a tug on his heart to join the ministry of Journey Quest. In 2016, Tim picked up his life in California and moved to Colorado. Tim is passionate about seeing lives change for the kingdom of God. He loves seeing individuals seek God in the creation the Lord has given us.

Tim is joining the team as the Operations Director. He will be overseeing building and vehicle maintenance, gear repair, and anything else that might need fixing.

Tim is in love with mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking, and fishing. He attended Colorado Mountain College where he earned degrees in Outdoor Recreational Leadership and Outdoor Education. When not out in the mountains, playing on the river, or fixing something, Tim enjoys Netflix’s, graphics design, painting, video editing, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Tim is usually getting ready for the next season but is typically found in front of his computer editing videos and designing new graphics, or maybe just binge-watching Netflix.

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Brooke Martin

Brooke Martin

Brooke will be joining Journey Quest for her second summer this year. Brooke, originally from Colorado Springs, attends Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction majoring in nursing. She graduates in December and cannot wait to see what God has in store for her as she transitions from student nurse to Registered Nurse! Her dream is to live in a tiny house someday and be a travel nurse. She helps lead Wyld Life (middle school Young Life) in Grand Junction and has loved growing a relationship with her middle school friends over the past couple years. Some of Brooke’s favorite things are photography, backpacking, making art, jam sessions, and summer. She also has a slight obsession with tea and fruit.

Brooke is passionate about the outdoors and looks forward to her second summer at Journey Quest. Brooke says, “Being a part of Journey Quest is such a blessing. I have met life long friends here and get to spend my whole summer doing what I love most- sharing Jesus with others in the great outdoors”. What Brooke loves most about Journey Quest is meeting new customers each day and getting to know them during a Whitewater rafting trip. She loves hearing people’s stories and believes that we can all learn something valuable from each person we meet. Brooke looks forward to another summer of worship sessions, leading groups on peak hikes, and countless trips down the Arkansas River.

 

Jen Rhoades

Jen Rhoades

This is Jen’s second year at Journey Quest, and she couldn’t be more excited. She hails from Clever, Missouri and moved to Colorado in 2017. She has completed her first year of college through the Worldview Academy Bridge year program here in Canon City. She currently works full-time and plans to finish her general education this coming fall. In the Future, her passion is to pursue outdoor education and go on to work in outdoor therapy. She loves quality time with the people she loves. Recent adventure favorites have included, but are not limited to, hiking, random, long drives with windows down and music up, having a dance party up on Skyline drive, and falling on the floor laughing from lack of sleep and friends who make her giggle until her side hurts.

Last year the Lord stretched her beyond what she thought was possible. He took her past physical and spiritual boundaries she thought she was too weak for, teaching her that strength is in Him and most certainly not in herself. He showed her the power of an amazing community of people working together for His good and that the story God has given her is enough to touch the heart of random strangers. Her prayer for this year is that God would work through her spirit of fear and replace it with knowing He is in control and will work through her as He chooses. She is most excited for more week-long trips this summer because of the relationships she has the opportunity to build and the change she gets to see in the students when they leave.

Kyle Rogness

Kyle Rogness

Kyle Rogness is a first-year raft guide who hails all the way from Virginia. Currently, he is studying business administration at Thomas Edison State University, but he is looking to switch to a forestry degree from Virginia Tech in hopes to pursue wildland firefighting. During free time, he likes to play games/sports with friends, read lots of books (classic literature), write short stories, play the piano, goof off with siblings, travel the US, skate/longboard, and hike around the great outdoors.

Kyle is eager to learn and be taught the ways of the river, how to share the Gospel with anyone he meets, and grow with others who love the Lord. The outdoors are full of incredible sights, adventures, and good memories. Kyle can’t wait to enjoy these things and more with wonderful people.

Nate Chandler

Nate Chandler

Nate Chandler will be joining Journey Quest for his first summer this year. He is from the metro area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Nate says, “Yes, Minnesota is basically a barren tundra of ice, nine out of the twelve months.” Nate will graduate from Hennepin technical college with an associate degree in Architecture Technology spring of 2018.   He enjoys hiking, camping, exploring, and playing soccer. Nate won an all-star award in a national soccer tournament, has a citizen’s award from his local police department, and makes videos about himself and the Bible to post to his YouTube channel N8 Chandelier.

His hope for this summer is that God would use him to lead others to Christ by teaching him to be an example of Christ in everything he does. If Nate loves two things, they would be Jesus Christ and the great outdoors. Serving with Journey Quest combines both into one.

Mattie Lee Guillory

Mattie Lee Guillory

Mattie Lee Guillory is here for her second summer as staff! Volunteering in her free time two summers ago, she fell in love with the community and ministry that is Journey Quest. She is looking forward to meeting you when you book with us and join us on the river!

She is originally from central Texas but moved to Cañon City, Colorado to attend the College Freshman year theology program, Worldview at The Abbey in 2016. She still resides here today because of the incredible community she found in the church and people. She works in construction and spends her free time reading, climbing, hiking, playing guitar, piano, and singing. She is proficient in the language of sarcasm and the art of laughing too much. She is passionate about getting to know the people God places in her life and showing them the love of Christ!

Mattie Lee is excited to spend the summer with the Journey Quest family, pursuing and proclaiming God’s truth and beauty while serving alongside fellow outdoor and Jesus lovers!

Jake Murphy

Jake Murphy

Jake Murphy is joining Journey Quest for his first summer this year. He is from Lake City, Colorado where he learned to love the outdoors through his dad and godbrothers. He now attends Western State Colorado University and is pursuing a major in Business Administration and Environmental Sustainability. Jake grew up in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and has loved being outside his entire life. Some of Jake’s favorites things to do are running, hiking, and scouting when hunting season rolls around. Jake is looking forward to being on the river or near one for most of the days this summer and to have an impact on the people around him.

Jake is looking forward to seeing how God will change his life through Journey Quest. God has played a major roll in Jake’s life throughout his time, but he feels like this opportunity will allow him to grow even closer to the God that has created all. Jake is excited to be a river-guide, backpacking guide, and to share his experiences with people around him.

Brooke Martin
Jen Rhoades
Kyle Rogness
Nate Chandler
Mattie Lee Guillory
Jake Murphy

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